RideFast July 2019

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Naked Power.

Ducati strips the Panigale V4 for the ultimate Streetfighter

The prototype Ducati

Streetfighter V4

offers a first view of

the 2020 production

model that will

be introduced in

November this year.

Since the Streetfi ghter 1000 was dropped by

Ducati in 2015, the only powerful naked bike in

its lineup was the Monster 1200. The arrival of

the new V4 engine offers a prime opportunity

to reclaim top honours in the class and now the

Italians have revealed a prototype Streetfi ghter V4

to debut at the 2019 Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

When Ducati rolled out the Panigale V4 superbike

last year, several supposedly well-informed sources

suggested that a naked version was in the pipeline

too. The fi re picked up a few months ago when

the Italians entered an unspecifi ed V4 for the

2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC),

where sportbikes originally equipped with clip-on

controls are banned for safety reasons. It couldn’t

be anything other than the rumored naked version

of the superbike and it was confi rmed soon after,

when the bike was spotted testing for the race.

No matter how

much Ducati is

trying to obscure

the Streetfighter V4

prototype’s lines, the

family resemblance

with the Panigale’s

nose is evident.

4 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE JULY 2019

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